Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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January 3, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

Happy Birthday to Chung Ma of our maintenance staff whose birthday always kicks off the new year! Today is the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. It used to be always celebrated on January 6th, the 12th day after Christmas (and was a Holy Day of Obligation in Canada, though August 15th was not). Epiphany was also called Little Christmas, the day commemorating the presentation of gifts to the baby Jesus by the three magi. Some say the magi were wise men, others say they were kings. One tradition has them coming from each of the three continents known to exist in the world of that day, parts of each of which are east of Bethlehem; and some have gone so far as to name the three magi and to identify not only the continent from which they came but also the gift which they brought to present: Caspar with frankincense from Asia, Melchior with gold from Europe, and Balthazar with myrrh from Africa In that frankincense masked odors, gold distanced itself from the other two gifts in value, and myrrh provided a final sanitizing after death, they’d have been the perfect gifts in time of a pandemic!

Today being the first Sunday of the month, thank you for groceries for our area food cupboards. Thanks also for your January Buildings and Grounds offering along with your regular weekly donation. As I type this on Monday, December 21st for an early holiday bulletin printing deadline, I don’t know the final plate collection tally for the first half of our parish’s fiscal year, but I do know from the December 27th bulletin which is currently at the printers that it was $31,153. Thank you for all that can be done in the first 6 months of this new calendar year to help make up for budget shortfalls (approximately $1,200 per week at this time) by the end of June. Explore joining the growing numbers in the parish in using Electronic Funds Transfer to keep revenue stable for our parish ministries: call our finance office at 288-5000 to sign up. We can also donate via the "Donations" link atop our webpage at, or we can text our donations now at 833-397-0442. The January-February issue of The Word Among Us, our 2021 Parish Calendar, and our Sunday bulletin can be found in containers at the door of the parish office at our St. Ambrose campus.

As I type, we are still in the Orange Zone. For weekend Masses, see for our livestreamed Masses on Saturday at 4:30 P.M. and on Sunday at 9:00 A.M. Our weekday Masses are live ones in church, with Monday’s and Wednesday’s 7:45 A.M. Masses being livestreamed as well. Today’s feast of the Epiphany also kicks off National Migration Week. Let us be mindful of all those between homes and homelands in 2021.

Monday, our Facilities Committee meets at 3:30 P.M.

Tuesday, our Liturgy Committee’s Zoom meeting is at 1:30 P.M.

Wednesday (the feast of St. André Bessette of Montreal), the Rosary will be prayed at St. James at 6:30 P.M.

Thursday, Christmas Day for those on the Julian Calendar, is also Distaff Day. Research it (unless you don’t want to go back to work).

Friday, our 12:15 St. Ambrose Mass resumes after its 2-week break.

Saturday, thanks for prepping your envelopes for the weekend.

Next Sunday is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord which concludes the Christmas Season, Year 1 Confirmation class meets by Zoom at 12:00 Noon, Family Faith K-5th grades meet at St. Ambrose Academy at 11:00 A.M., and Youth Ministry meets by Zoom at 1:00 P.M. The now-monthly CMA page next week will list gifts thru December. Peace!

—Father Schrader